UNESCO Courier

Articles from October

An Orient of Myth and Mystery
THE picture of the Arab in Western cinema is often a product of fantasy and imagination, reflecting the West's fascination with and fear of the Arab Muslim East, that other world so near and yet so far. This colourful, mysterious and exaggerated...
Behind the Veil; Women on Both Sides of the Camera
ONE night in December 1976, in a farm rented from some peasant farmers 70 kilometres from Algiers, with a team of seventeen technicians and two actors, I was shooting an interior night scene-a man looking at his sleeping wife. Nothing very special...
Charlie Chaplin, Stranger and Brother
CHARLIE Chaplin, who was born a hundred years ago this year, was one of the world's best loved public figures, greeted by cheering crowds wherever he went. Yet he also attracted suspicion, dislike and even hatred. There is a disturbing contradiction...
Creatures from Inner Space
IF it is accepted that science fiction is a literary form that has existed since Antiquity, then extraterrestrial phenomena or "ETs", can also be acknowledged as enjoying the same venerable status. Admittedly, the travellers in the ancient Greek satirist...
Editorial
Since Homo sapiens first trod the earth some five hundred thousand years ago mankind has been torn between an instinctive fear of the unknowna and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. For early man all that was unknown was hostile. The unseen was a...
Germans Screened through French Eyes
THERE is nothing in French cinema like Germania anno zero (1947), n which the Italian director Roberto Rossellini portrayed the material and spiritual ruins of post-war Germany. Nor's there anything comparable to All Quiet on the Western Front (1930),...
Jean Lacouture; Champollion, a Hero of the Enlightenment
The French writer and journalist jean Lacouture has travelled the world, notably covering major events in the emergence of the former colonized peoples. He is also the author of major biographies:-'- in which historical intuition and psychological analysis...
Macunaima, the Eternal Outsider
IN a structured, well-defined society it is easy to pick out the outsider, the person who is different from everyone else. In France, the United Kingdom or the Federal Republic of Germany, the cinema returns repeatedly to the theme of immigration,...
'Slaves of One Man.' (Portrayals of the American Indian in 17th and 18th Century French Literature)
As a follow-up to our june 1989 issue ("1789: An idea that changed the world"), we publish this assessment of the portrayal of the American Indian in 17th- and 18th century French literature. Descriptions of Indian life were used by the philosophers...
Tristan and Pavlova through the Looking Glass
IRISTAN, a male American dolphin, and Pavlova, a female Soviet dolphin, are trained for combat at military bases in their respective countries. Then, one day, they meet under water and fall in love... This is the plot of a recent animated cartoon...
Understanding Global Change
I DR more than a decade, many scientists have warned that industry and agriculture were spewing enough gases into the atmosphere to heat up the Earth and eventually produce disastrous climatic changes. The gases are known as "greenhouse gases", while...
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